Executive Director of Teachers' Democracy Project

DATE POSTED:2014-01-06
POSITION TITLE:Executive Director of Teachers' Democracy Project
PERSONNEL STATUS:Exempt, Full-time, Regular
DEPARTMENT:Language, Literacy and Culture, CAHSS
CLOSING DATE:2014-01-17
RESPONSIBILITIES:The University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) is establishing the Teachers Democracy Project (TDP), and seeks an Executive Director for this new multi-year project. The TDP was established in 2013 and is funded by a multi-year grant and commitment by The Lois and Irving Blum Foundation. The Executive Director shall provide the overall vision, leadership and management for the TDP, and is responsible for all project activities. The incumbent will be the Project's principle liaison to public school teachers in Baltimore City, local communities, the UMBC academic community, national organizations, and funding agencies and foundations. Specific duties include: collaborating with, and in support of, public school teachers who want to continue teaching in Baltimore City and want to work on ways to improve their own teaching practices and the schools and communities in which they work; leading strategic planning and creating project documents including mission, vision, and detailed 1-5 year plans, recruitment documents, and written materials for website, print, and social media platforms; leading additional funding proposal research and writing efforts; preparing progress reports and annual reports for funders, the Project Advisory Committee, the Steering Committee, and the university; developing, implementing and analyzing program initiatives and evaluations and all formative and summative assessments; managing finances; creating budgets; reviewing financial reports; assuring proper reconciliation and procurement practices; working with UMBC staff to assure proper grants management; managing audits; managing off-campus facilities that will include off-site offices, mentoring space, and collaborative workspace for teachers; developing and maintaining relationships, partnerships and collaborations within UMBC, in Baltimore City, in the State of Maryland and throughout the U.S.; coordinating and supervising all work of the Project staff including leading weekly team strategy and planning meetings; leading annual Summer Institute for teachers; coordinating the work of multiple Teacher Inquiry Groups; facilitating one or more Teacher Inquiry Groups to study a variety of education policy issues, learning theory, or classroom practices; leading design and branding efforts and coordinating publications and the Projectís website; conducting outreach to public school principals and teachers; conducting outreach to community based organizations in Baltimore; collaborating with local, state and national groups with similar goals through partnerships or collaborative The incumbent will be located in Baltimore City in rented office space, and will meet at UMBC with the Project Steering Committee and other administrators, faculty members and administrative staff. The position reports to the Principal Investigator of the project, Dr. Beverly Bickel, a faculty member of the Language, Literacy and Culture doctoral program.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:Education/Experience: Requires a Ph.D. or Ed.D. with successful research in a relevant field and 10 years experience in public education with a combination of teaching and administrative experience. Must have proven experience in the development of successful mentoring and direct support for public school teachers; successful grant writing; excellent organizational and communication skills; ability to work with diverse constituencies of teachers, school administrators, community partners and university faculty, staff and students; and experience in implementing public school-based programs. Demonstrated broad experiential and theoretical knowledge of teacher support, professional development and mentoring, current research on diversity and disparities within educational settings, participatory research methodologies, school administration, community organizing, and local and national public school reform efforts is strongly desired. Familiarity with Baltimore Public Schools and Baltimore City desired. Certification in Administration and Supervision and/or Professional Teaching preferred. The Director will demonstrate strong leadership, administrative, management, financial and communication skills.
SALARY:Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience
APPLICATION:For best consideration, email a cover letter, CV, and list of three professional references by January 17, 2014 (resumes will be accepted until the position is filled) to: Dr. Beverly Bickel, Clinical Associate Professor, Language, Literacy and Culture, bickel@umbc.edu.

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